IEM – AGM

April 26, 2017

At the last AGM, thanks to you, myself and Ir. Abd Razak have been appointed to Council. We shall see how long we last before we are caught transfering funds to Bermuda.


IEM Shout Out – 2017-05 One-Day Course on Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger Design

April 4, 2017

My technical division will be hosting a 1 day course on the 2nd May 2017. It is worth 6.5 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Ir. Anwar Ahmad. Process engineers, can you please attend?

During this Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger Thermal Design course, there will be overview on the thermal design for designing shell and tube heat exchanger by considering design, operational, and maintenance perspective. The design of the heat exchanger is extremely important, as it is the key element of a heat-exchanged system. This is not only on the desired temperature to achieve during operation but also when considering the optimum design prior procuring an exchanger. Furthermore, properly designed heat exchanger can reduce the turn-down time for maintenance as no frequent cleaning is required while operating the plant or platform. Technologies involved in this thermal technology will be discussed during the workshop to highlight the importance and advantages when designing and operating shell and tube heat exchanger (STHE).

Ir. Anwar Ahmad is a registered Professional Engineer with Board of Engineer (BEM), Corporate Member with Institute of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM), Corporate Member with Institute of Chemical Engineers, UK (IChemE), Chartered Engineer from Engineering Council, UK with more than twelve (12) years experiences in process engineering in oil and gas industry, mainly in design with engineering firm and operation for technical support during turn around.  He started his career in fabrication yard with Sime Darby Engineering as graduate process engineer supported pre-commissioning team. Later he joined Petronas as process engineer and his responsibility was to provide technical support to OPUs throughout Petronas. One of his major assignment besides projects assigned was support one of the refinery during turn around. During this support, he had vast experience on operational issues that had been implemented in design stage when he joined engineering firms later.  He then joined engineering firms (Technip, Ranhill WorleyParsons, etc) based on project basis to execute any project varies from conceptual study, pre-FEED, FEED, detailed design, and EPCC. His role when execution projects are mainly responsible to carry out detailed process engineering tasks such as development of PFDs, UFDs, P&IDs, heat and material balance (process simulation), equipment sizing, relief and blowdown analysis, and hydraulic calculations. Also involved in various safety review such as Process Safeguarding Diagram, HAZOP, and SIL workshop. Experienced in process simulations (Hysys, PetroSim, and VMGSim/iCON), heat exchanger rating software (HTRI), flare network backpressure software (FlareNet/Aspen Flare System Analyzer), and flare radiation study software (FlareSim). Familiar and experienced in using oil and gas industry standards (API,  ASTM, etc.) and company standards such as Petronas’ PTS, Shell’s DEP and Iranian Petroleum Standard. Familiar with Exxon’s DIM. He’s currently freelance process engineer attached to engineering firms based requirement basis when executing projects and also execute projects remotely if required.

Register here, or download the form here.


IEM Shout Out – 2017-04 2-Day Course on “Fundamental of Project Management for Chemical Engineers”

March 26, 2017

My technical division will be hosting a 2 day course on the 26th and 27th April, 2017. It is worth 13 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Ir. Elias Musa.

Synopsis

This practical course will provide the participants the required skills, tools, knowledge, attitude and the competencies needed to manage the design and the construction of a process plant or facilities.
• Introduction to Project Management for Chemical Engineers
• Overview of Plant Project and Basic Process Design Element for Chemical Engineers
• Planning Engineering Work, managing Schedule, Cost, Quality and Resource
• Coordinating Engineering Work and Conceptual Engineering Design
• Detail Engineering design, Invitation To Bid and Contract matters
• Project Management Organization, Progress Measurement and Reporting
• Procurement of Long Lead Items and Bulks
• Construction – Process Equipment, Piping, Instrumentation etc
• Pre-commissioning and Mechanical Acceptance, Commissioning and Initial Startup
• Project Handover and Warranty

 

Ir. Elias Musa earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering in 1977, with MS and MBA as well as a certified Project management Professional with PMI (USA), and has over 30 years of experience in plant /facilities project development in Oil & Gas Industry, including offshore and onshore production facilities, pipeline and gas processing plant GPP and LNG. He has worked for clients as well as International design consultants.

Register here, or download the form here.


IEM Shout Out – 2017-05 One-Day Course on Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger Design

March 23, 2017

My technical division will be hosting a 1 day course on the 2nd May 2017. It is worth 6.5 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Ir. Anwar Ahmad. Process engineers, can you please attend?

During this Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger Thermal Design course, there will be overview on the thermal design for designing shell and tube heat exchanger by considering design, operational, and maintenance perspective. The design of the heat exchanger is extremely important, as it is the key element of a heat-exchanged system. This is not only on the desired temperature to achieve during operation but also when considering the optimum design prior procuring an exchanger. Furthermore, properly designed heat exchanger can reduce the turn-down time for maintenance as no frequent cleaning is required while operating the plant or platform. Technologies involved in this thermal technology will be discussed during the workshop to highlight the importance and advantages when designing and operating shell and tube heat exchanger (STHE).

 

Ir. Anwar Ahmad is a registered Professional Engineer with Board of Engineer (BEM), Corporate Member with Institute of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM), Corporate Member with Institute of Chemical Engineers, UK (IChemE), Chartered Engineer from Engineering Council, UK with more than twelve (12) years experiences in process engineering in oil and gas industry, mainly in design with engineering firm and operation for technical support during turn around.  He started his career in fabrication yard with Sime Darby Engineering as graduate process engineer supported pre-commissioning team. Later he joined Petronas as process engineer and his responsibility was to provide technical support to OPUs throughout Petronas. One of his major assignment besides projects assigned was support one of the refinery during turn around. During this support, he had vast experience on operational issues that had been implemented in design stage when he joined engineering firms later.  He then joined engineering firms (Technip, Ranhill WorleyParsons, etc) based on project basis to execute any project varies from conceptual study, pre-FEED, FEED, detailed design, and EPCC. His role when execution projects are mainly responsible to carry out detailed process engineering tasks such as development of PFDs, UFDs, P&IDs, heat and material balance (process simulation), equipment sizing, relief and blowdown analysis, and hydraulic calculations. Also involved in various safety review such as Process Safeguarding Diagram, HAZOP, and SIL workshop. Experienced in process simulations (Hysys, PetroSim, and VMGSim/iCON), heat exchanger rating software (HTRI), flare network backpressure software (FlareNet/Aspen Flare System Analyzer), and flare radiation study software (FlareSim). Familiar and experienced in using oil and gas industry standards (API,  ASTM, etc.) and company standards such as Petronas’ PTS, Shell’s DEP and Iranian Petroleum Standard. Familiar with Exxon’s DIM. He’s currently freelance process engineer attached to engineering firms based requirement basis when executing projects and also execute projects remotely if required.

Register here, or download the form here.


IEM Shout Out – Two Day Course, Business Communication for Success 2017-03

March 7, 2017

My technical division will be hosting a 2 day course on the 22nd and 23rd March, 2017. It is worth 12 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Ir. Danaraj Chandrasegaran, PEng, MIEM, CEng and Ms. Ratnavathy Ragunathan.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course participants will:
• Acquire better core writing fundamentals
• Learn strategies to help you speak and write more clearly
• Strengthen your public presentation skills
• Write more effective reports and other internal documents
• Use plain language to keep messages accessible

Ir. Danaraj Chandrasegaran, PEng, MIEM, CEng, MIMechE graduated from University Teknologi Malaysia in 2001 with Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons), subsequently, pursued his Master Degree in University of Malaya. He has published in international journals and conferences in the past. His career has a diverse outlook on project execution ranging from building construction, marine, mining and energy industry; as a mechanical engineer. He is also a Chartered Engineer of Engineering Council UK and Corporate Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK).

Ms. Ratnavathy Ragunathan graduated with B. Sc. (Computer Sc.) from University Putra Malaysia in 2002 and subsequently obtained M. Ed. (TESL), University of Malaya in 2012. She worked for both the industry and academia focusing on English Language teaching for adults and professionals. Her specialties are on Business English and Communication Skills; also, a Cambridge ESOL Certified Speaking Examiner. She has developed curriculums, written articles and presented papers on English Teaching with a global outlook. Currently, she is engaged with one of the leading English Language Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Register here, or download the form here.


IEM Shout Out – Two Day Course, Business Communication for Success 2017-03

February 19, 2017

My technical division will be hosting a 2 day course on the 22nd and 23rd March, 2017. It is worth 12 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Ir. Danaraj Chandrasegaran, PEng, MIEM, CEng and Ms. Ratnavathy Ragunathan.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course participants will:
• Acquire better core writing fundamentals
• Learn strategies to help you speak and write more clearly
• Strengthen your public presentation skills
• Write more effective reports and other internal documents
• Use plain language to keep messages accessible

 

Ir. Danaraj Chandrasegaran, PEng, MIEM, CEng, MIMechE graduated from University Teknologi Malaysia in 2001 with Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons), subsequently, pursued his Master Degree in University of Malaya. He has published in international journals and conferences in the past. His career has a diverse outlook on project execution ranging from building construction, marine, mining and energy industry; as a mechanical engineer. He is also a Chartered Engineer of Engineering Council UK and Corporate Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK).

Ms. Ratnavathy Ragunathan graduated with B. Sc. (Computer Sc.) from University Putra Malaysia in 2002 and subsequently obtained M. Ed. (TESL), University of Malaya in 2012. She worked for both the industry and academia focusing on English Language teaching for adults and professionals. Her specialties are on Business English and Communication Skills; also, a Cambridge ESOL Certified Speaking Examiner. She has developed curriculums, written articles and presented papers on English Teaching with a global outlook. Currently, she is engaged with one of the leading English Language Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Register here, or download the form here.


(Cancelled) IEM Shout Out – 2017-02 One Day Course On Introduction To Demolition Using Explosives

February 8, 2017

You’ll get a bang outa this. And from lame joke to the main message:

My technical division will be hosting a 1 day seminar on the 15th February, 2017 (Hey, if things don’t work out on the 14th…) It is worth 6.5 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Hj Look Keman Bin Sahari, Brig. General Mustapha bin Omar and Associate Professor Ir. Dr. Mohamed Alias bin Yusof.

Malaysia is considered a young country and rapidly developing. We see many new high rise building coming up even on small plot of land in city area. This is due to high cost of land. However, anything that goes up some day, sometimes it will have to come down. It can be due to aging, high cost of maintenance, availability of new technology, new planning by the owner or authority or whatever other reasons. It is very rare when forwarding development plan, the subject of the need for demolition later is ever considered. Bringing down a building or any structure by mechanical means for example will subject the neighbours to vibration, dust noise and numerous other dangers to them for a long time. It may even take several months. There are also incidents where demolition workers were injured and some were killed in line of duty. Demolition by using explosive may require the services of civil/structural engineer working together with the blasters and blasting engineer. The preparation may take months to study the structural plan of the building to be taken down, to survey the surrounding area and plan how to mitigate the effect of air blast, fragmentation, dust and ground vibration. Beside that the proponent will have to convince the authority that demolition by using explosive is the most practical and probably the cheapest way. Demolition by itself will only take a few minutes. Demolition by using explosives will require the blasters/blasting engineers to have the knowledge of both military and commercial explosives which in Malaysian scenario will require a person to have military background but need to learn the use of commercial explosive in service of after he leaves. Currently the only Institution that give training in the use of commercial explosive is Institute of Quarrying and endorsed by Jabatan Mineral and Geoscience. However, it is tailored to quarrying.  Therefore, there is a need to add to the current syllabus for Shotfiring to include construction blasting and demolition issues a least for a short term. This will enable them to communicate and assist the future demolition expert. Currently only those with Shotfirer Certificate are allowed to apply for Explosive Permit. Demolition by using explosive is not taught at any higher Institute of learning in Malaysia. In USA and Europe for example the subject is learned on the job. The course is design as an introduction to demolition by explosives. An introduction of explosive engineering followed by insight into both commercial and military demolition and followed by the effect of using explosives on the structure. Videos on demolition will be shown to support the lecture. The subject of human resource development for demolition engineers will also be touched. The course be particularly useful for those who are likely to be involved in demolition and thinking of the alternative to mechanical means and also the evaluators of the proposal for demolition work such as government engineers.

Hj Look Keman Bin Sahari graduated in mining engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland in 1979. He joined the Mines Department initially as Geotechnical engineer specializing in Slope engineering particularly technical investigation on slope failures. He later joined the Inspectorate division of the Department until retirement in 1996. In 1990 he continued his studies at Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, England and obtained M.Sc in Explosives Ordnance Engineering. His interest was then on the use of Shape Charge in the industry. On retirement, he worked as Consultant Engineer in the use of explosive for mining, quarrying and construction. He had also served as expert witness in control blasting in Arbitration. As a committee member of IEM Training Board, he had attended many courses particularly on Geotechnical Engineering, Health and Safety, forensic engineering and also tunneling as Auditor. He is a Professional Engineer with Practicing Certificate and a Fellow of IEM. He had also given lecture on explosives application at IEM and Institute of Quarrying, Malaysia. He is also a qualified Shotfirer.

Brig. General Mustapha bin Omar is a qualified Ammunition Technical Officer and had rose through the rank in the Malaysian Army to become Chief Ammunition Technical officer He is an expert in the application of military explosives including demolition. He also had a Diploma in Industrial Management from UKM in 1993 and subsequently Bachelor in Business Administration from UPM in 2001. In 2002-2003 he further his studies at Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University at MSc level in Explosives Ordnance Engineering. He is also knowledgeable in the use of commercial explosives and had attended a Shotfirer Course organised by Institute of Quarrying, Malaysia. He is currently a Senior Research Officer at STRIDE (Institute Penyelidekan Sains Teknologi Pertahanan.

Associate Professor Ir. Dr. Mohamed Alias bin Yusof obtained his Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from UTM in 2002, MSc in Project Management from UITM in 2005 and Ph D in Civil Engineering in 2012 from University Pertahanan National Malaysia. He is also a Professional Engineer registered with the Board of Engineer. Dr Alias specialises in the Blast Effect on Structure. He is also knowledgeable in Commercial and Military explosives and had also attended course in Explosives Engineering at Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University He also attended Shotfirer Course and Blast Vibration, Monitoring and Control Course at Institute of Quarrying Malaysia.

Register here, or download the form here.